Fareed Zakaria

China is entering a new era but seems ideologically and operationally ill prepared for it.

Fareed Zakaria is host of CNN’s flagship international affairs program – Fareed Zakaria GPS, and the Editor-at-Large of TIME. He is the author of the internationally bestselling books The Future of Freedom and The Post American World. He was described by Esquire Magazine as “the most influential foreign policy adviser of his generation.” In 2010, Foreign Policy named him one of the top 100 global thinkers. Zakaria was the editor of Newsweek’s international edition for ten years before joining TIME. Before joining Newsweek, he spent eight years as managing editor of Foreign Affairs.

Since 2008, he has hosted Fareed Zakaria GPS, which airs worldwide on CNN.  Dr. Zakaria’s in-depth interviews with the Dalai Lama, heads of state including Barack Obama, Manmohan Singh, King Abdullah II, Dmitry Medvedev, Moammar Gadhafi and Lula da Silva, have been broadcast in more than 200 million homes in over 210 countries.  Within its first year, GPS garnered an Emmy nomination for an interview with Premier Wen Jaibao.

Dr. Zakaria’s cover stories and columns – on subjects from globalization and emerging markets to the Middle East and America’s role in the world – reach more than 25 million readers weekly. His columns have received many awards, including a 2010 National Magazine Award, and his October 2001 Newsweek cover story, “Why They Hate Us,” remains the most decorated. Before joining Newsweek in October 2000, he spent eight years as managing editor of Foreign Affairs, a post he was appointed to at only 28 years old. 

Dr. Zakaria’s most recent book, The Post-American World, was heralded in the New York Times as "...a relentlessly intelligent book" and The Economist called it “…a powerful guide” to facing global challenges.  Like The Post-American World, his previous book, The Future of Freedom, was a New York Times bestseller and has been translated into over 20 languages. 

Born in India, Dr. Zakaria went on to receive a B.A. from Yale College and a Ph.D. from Harvard University.  He has received honorary degrees from numerous universities including Brown, the University of Miami, and Oberlin College. He currently serves as a Trustee of Yale University.